UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (AP) — Jamari Wheeler scored a career-high 18 points and Penn State used a 17-3 run early in the second half to break away for an 86-65 win over VMI in Jim Ferry’s first game as the Nittany Lions coach.
Ferry, a veteran coach who was an assistant the past four years, replaced Pat Chambers on Oct. 21 when Chambers resigned following a school investigation into inappropriate conduct.
Penn State trailed 45-44 with 15:26 to play. The Nittany Lions reeled off nine points before a Kamdyn Curfman 3, then scored eight more. Greg Parham led the Keydets with 21 points.